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- DescriptionGenetically modified food, art in the form of a phosphorescent rabbit implanted with jellyfish DNA, and robots that simulate human emotion would seem to be evidence for the blurring boundary between the natural and the artificial. Yet because the deeply rooted concept of nature functions as a cultural value, a social rm, and a moral authority, we cant simply dismiss the distinction between art and nature as a stalgic relic. Disentangling the cultural roots of many current debates about new techlogies, the essays in this volume examine tions of nature and art as they have been defined and redefined in Western culture, from the Hippocratic writers' ideas of physis and techne and Aristotle's designation of mimetic arts to nineteenth-century chemistry and twenty-first century biomimetics. These essays -- by specialists of different periods and various disciplines -- reveal that the division between nature and art has been continually challenged and reassessed in Western thought. In antiquity, for example, mechanical devices were seen as working against nature ; centuries later, Descartes t only claimed the opposite but argued that nature itself was mechanical. Nature and art, the essays show, are mutually constructed, defining and redefining themselves, partners in a continuous dance over the centuries. Contributors:Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, Horst Bredekamp, John Hedley Brooke, Dennis Des Chene, Alan Gabbey, Anthony Grafton, Roald Hoffmann, Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, William R. Newman, Jessica Riskin, Heinrich Von Staden, Francis Wolff, Mark J. Schiefsky
- Author BiographyBernadette Bensaude-Vincent is Professor of History at the University of Paris X. She is the author of A History of Chemistry and other books.
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication04/12/2007
- SubjectScience: General & Reference
- Series TitleDibner Institute Studies in the History of Science & Technology Series
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note29 figs. illus.
- Weight590 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Edited byBernadette Bensaude-Vincent,William R. Newman
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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